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Three lush and adventurous stories in the Star-Touched world. Death and Night He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes. Poison and G Three lush and adventurous stories in the Star-Touched world. Death and Night He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes. Poison and Gold Now that her wish for a choice has come true, Aasha struggles to control her powers. But when an opportunity to help Queen Gauri and King Vikram's new reign presents itself, she is thrown into the path of the fearsome yet enchanting Spy Mistress. To help her friends, Aasha will have to battle her insecurities and perhaps, along the way, find love. Rose and Sword There is a tale whispered in the dark of the Empire of Bharat-Jain. A tale of a bride who loses her bridegroom on the eve of her wedding. But is it a tale or a truth?


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Three lush and adventurous stories in the Star-Touched world. Death and Night He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes. Poison and G Three lush and adventurous stories in the Star-Touched world. Death and Night He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes. Poison and Gold Now that her wish for a choice has come true, Aasha struggles to control her powers. But when an opportunity to help Queen Gauri and King Vikram's new reign presents itself, she is thrown into the path of the fearsome yet enchanting Spy Mistress. To help her friends, Aasha will have to battle her insecurities and perhaps, along the way, find love. Rose and Sword There is a tale whispered in the dark of the Empire of Bharat-Jain. A tale of a bride who loses her bridegroom on the eve of her wedding. But is it a tale or a truth?

30 review for Star-Touched Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emily May

    I'm not going to rate this for three reasons. 1) I only read the first story and a bit of the second. That was enough for me to feel like this book wasn't for me. 2) There's really nothing wrong with Star-Touched Stories if you are looking for exactly what this is: flowery, swoony romance. I wanted to try this book after loving the author's short story in A Thousand Beginnings and Endings - some authors' writing works way better in short stories, IMO. But it unfortunately just wasn't for me. It's I'm not going to rate this for three reasons. 1) I only read the first story and a bit of the second. That was enough for me to feel like this book wasn't for me. 2) There's really nothing wrong with Star-Touched Stories if you are looking for exactly what this is: flowery, swoony romance. I wanted to try this book after loving the author's short story in A Thousand Beginnings and Endings - some authors' writing works way better in short stories, IMO. But it unfortunately just wasn't for me. It's full of glittery metaphors and romantic meetings that begin with something that's very close to instalove. And in that moment, his smile banished my loneliness. He moved toward me, grasping my hand, his touch hummed in my bones like an aria. A song to my dance. The beginning of a promise. I should point out that this first encounter doesn't lead to an instant relationship, but it is obvious the way it's going to go. And 3) I was lucky enough to meet Roshani Chokski last year and she is a warm glow of loveliness in a human being. You know those rare people who are so nice and genuine that they make the whole room feel instantly comfortable and happy? That's Roshani. So giving this lady a low rating would make me feel like a monster, but rating it higher would feel dishonest. I would never claim to be unbiased and objective - I'm only human - but I feel like my bias here would really affect my honesty. So... no rating. But if you love romance between beautiful supernatural beings and writing that is flowery and poetic, this collection of three stories is exactly what you need. I'll have to stick with The Cruel Prince series to get my fix of characters who try to best each other while pretending the love/hate sexual tension doesn't exist. Yeah, I have those kind of issues. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cait • A Page with a View

    I seriously think Roshani's writing is my absolute favorite... like of all time. There's something so magical about the way she sees the world that comes through in everything she writes. She could be describing a freaking tree and I'll be like Anyways, this was an absolutely gorgeous group of stories from the world of The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes! It was everything I never knew I wanted/needed and just such a fun surprise that added even more depth to that wonderful world. And I I seriously think Roshani's writing is my absolute favorite... like of all time. There's something so magical about the way she sees the world that comes through in everything she writes. She could be describing a freaking tree and I'll be like Anyways, this was an absolutely gorgeous group of stories from the world of The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes! It was everything I never knew I wanted/needed and just such a fun surprise that added even more depth to that wonderful world. And I suppose you don't need to have read the 2 books first in order to appreciate this, but it would obviously help a bit. IF YOU LIKE GOOD THINGS THEN ADD THIS TO YOUR TBR. Ha ok kidding, but seriously... I cannot recommend everything by this author enough. Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    I’m going to read everything Roshani writes, but I’m 10000% on board for anything set in the Star Touched Queen world. These three stories are fantastic. I loved seeing the glimpses or characters and I thought the ending of Rose and Sword would kill me. It was absolute perfection and my cold, black heart warmed a bit, but it was also a bit heartbreaking. Overall, this was an atmospheric and lovely slice of time in a series I absolutely love. I need to reread those books again ASAP. **Huge thanks to I’m going to read everything Roshani writes, but I’m 10000% on board for anything set in the Star Touched Queen world. These three stories are fantastic. I loved seeing the glimpses or characters and I thought the ending of Rose and Sword would kill me. It was absolute perfection and my cold, black heart warmed a bit, but it was also a bit heartbreaking. Overall, this was an atmospheric and lovely slice of time in a series I absolutely love. I need to reread those books again ASAP. **Huge thanks to St. Martins Press for providing the arc free of charge**

  4. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    This was a great addition for people who love the series! My favorite was Death & Night! Roshani writes incredibly beautiful, and she just has a way of sucking me into the beautiful worlds she creates!

  5. 4 out of 5

    BAM The Bibliomaniac

    Netgalley # Many thanks go to Chokshi, Wednesday Books, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sue (Hollywood News Source)

    SO I FINISHED STAR-TOUCHED STORIES, what happens now? I am merely an empty husk of who I was before. That's exactly how I felt after reading these stories. It's like an inception because there’s stories within a story. A myth behind another legendary myth. I love reading books that take you to places and that's what this universe does for me. Roshani Chokshi once again reminded me why she's one of my favorite authors. I'm in love and speechless. Full review to come. I've decided I'm going to gat SO I FINISHED STAR-TOUCHED STORIES, what happens now? I am merely an empty husk of who I was before. That's exactly how I felt after reading these stories. It's like an inception because there’s stories within a story. A myth behind another legendary myth. I love reading books that take you to places and that's what this universe does for me. Roshani Chokshi once again reminded me why she's one of my favorite authors. I'm in love and speechless. Full review to come. I've decided I'm going to gather my thoughts and review each story so it's more concise. Death and Night is the prequel for the main characters in The Star-Touched Queen. I didn't expected I would love this story as much as I did. I'm in awe of Chokshi's writing, she makes everything so splendid and delightful. I love that finally readers could see the history between Maya and Amar. I personally feel this is a fluff story like it just made me so darn happy. Favorite part: the blooming and fruitful romance of the Dharma Raja and Night, the flowery writing that serves as another ornament of the story, and alas the organic experience of reading something so exquisite.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marianne (Instagram - novemberwords) W

    Already read Death and Night and it was delightful. Can't wait for the other two!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. I was so happy to get to read this book last night. I finished one book and decided to start this, the only reason why I finished it so fast is that one of the stories in this collection I just read the prior week. I skipped over that and read the second and third stories. I was maybe a blubbering mess at the end of this short story collection. Chokshi does a great job of having you wish for more stories Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. I was so happy to get to read this book last night. I finished one book and decided to start this, the only reason why I finished it so fast is that one of the stories in this collection I just read the prior week. I skipped over that and read the second and third stories. I was maybe a blubbering mess at the end of this short story collection. Chokshi does a great job of having you wish for more stories involving the characters we have been introduced to in this fantastic world she has created. Death and Night (5 stars)- Not too much to say here besides how much I loved the beginning to Death and Night or how we know them, Amar and Maya. We read about both of these characters in "The Star-Touched Queen" but we get to read about how they met, how Death courted Night, and how she loved him. We know what will happen next (I read the first full book and only came back to read this prequel now) but it was great to read about how they came to love one another prior to Night choosing to leave him in order to be re-born. Death is cursed to fall in love with a woman who will leave him. So he decides to just marry, but now love his wife. Until he meets Night and knows that she is the right person for him. They have a great dynamic that consists of challenging each other as well as realizing that the other person is truly who they want to be with. I did like that we got some backstory on the friendship between Night and Nritti. You get to see why Night loves her so much. She's one of the few who is not afraid of Night. I also loved how we got to see how playful Gupta was with Death. I maybe laughed at him trying to teach Death how to properly court. The writing was lyrical and made me laugh at times. You can easily see why Death and Night fell for each other. Poison and Gold (5 stars)- We got to know Aasha in "A Crown of Wishes". Now that she is living with Guari and Vikram as they prepare to marry and unite their two kingdoms, she is scared that her powers are out of control. If she were to hurt one of them or someone else, she doesn't know what she will do. When she is given a choice to become their Spy Mistress or be sent away forever, she chooses to do what she can to stay with them. She begins training and finds out reserves she never knew she had, all while being brave enough to love someone. Rose and Sword (5 stars)-A story within a story, we have a little girl being told a fairy tale by her grandmother. The story revolves around a wedding night and death. It also involves some familiar faces to those who have read "A Star-Touched Queen" and "A Crown of Wishes". Seriously though you guys, please get tissues ready. If you can read this story without crying, you are stronger than me. I was a mess. I don't want to spoil for potential readers, but this story hit me with all the feels.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nastassja

    It is rare that I am so emotional about a book, let alone a short story, but this one made me weep and feel the range of emotions from happy, laughing, giddy to sad, hurt, lost and many more - a rainbow of feelings, really. Roshani Chokshi’s storytelling once and for all found its special place inside my heart. I don’t have anything else to say, just eager to feel more of that unearthly magic of her words.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aila

    Throughout these stories, Chokshi's writing remains provocative and sensual - perhaps leaning towards the purple prose side for some readers. I for one really enjoyed her heady descriptions and imaginative metaphors, and any reader who has enjoyed her previous two books in this world will adore this one. It ties in so many stories and characters, as well as presents itself as a final kiss and goodbye to the stunning world that we have visited twice already. NIGHT AND DEATH “Love was extraordinary Throughout these stories, Chokshi's writing remains provocative and sensual - perhaps leaning towards the purple prose side for some readers. I for one really enjoyed her heady descriptions and imaginative metaphors, and any reader who has enjoyed her previous two books in this world will adore this one. It ties in so many stories and characters, as well as presents itself as a final kiss and goodbye to the stunning world that we have visited twice already. NIGHT AND DEATH “Love was extraordinary. Extraordinarily spiteful. Extraordinarily blind. Extraordinarily misleading.” This story is a prequel to Chokshi’s debut, The Star-Touched Queen. In TSTQ, Maya and Amar are given a second chance to revisit their love and correct their mistakes. But what happened when they first fell in love? I love how Chokshi set-up Death and Night’s characters in this story. Night sold her wares at the Night Bazaar, which consists of this dream fruit that is coveted by many, but at a high price. She wants recognition. Death has been lonely these past years, and he needs to take a bride. The only catch is: he can’t fall in love with her. Despite obstacles and all odds, they meet each other and begin a sweet, sometimes snarky, but altogether delightful courtship that is tested through the threads of time. I loved this little insight to Maya and Amar’s past life, and seeing familiar characters! POISON AND GOLD “Of all the human desires and emotions that fascinated her, love was the most mysterious of them all.” In A Crown of Wishes, we met and fell in love with Aasha, a centuries old vishakanya who despite her age, is still curious and bright-eyed about the world. When Aasha gets granted a boon to become human, she goes back to the courts with Gauri and Vikram. But she still doesn’t feel as if she belongs with them… I adored Aasha in ACOW, and I loved seeing her story continued in this short story. Aasha finds herself lost, to an extent. She’s no good to Gauri and Vikram diplomatically, while they’re trying to rule two kingdoms, and she just can’t seem to shake off the courtier’s insults. An opportunity to get away from this presents itself when Gauri and Vikram ask her to become their Spy Mistress. The catch? She has to get approval first from the current Spy Mistress, who is a mysterious and apparently cold-hearted individual. But when Aasha begins her training and finds herself completing her tests, she also finds herself drawn to the Spy Mistress and the secrets she told. I loved the sapphic romance this story had, and Aasha’s own self-discovery. ROSE AND SWORD “‘To possess even a single line in the legend of you is the greatest wish I could have made.'” This story brings back Gauri and Vikram’s tale, which hasn’t quite ended yet. It takes place distantly in the future, where a grandmother is trying to cheer up her grandchild in the wake of a large wedding. To cheer her up, she tells the story of another wedding, long ago. A wedding that never happened… I don’t want to give away too much of this story, but it was as beautifully-written and heartful as the other two. It serves as an epilogue to ACOW in many ways, and I just love how Chokshi tied everything up. There’s an exploration of not only new love found, but retaining this love through thick and thin, and the risk to love despite the pain. Readers of Chokshi’s books do not want to miss out on these three stories, and the beloved characters they bring back.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeann (Happy Indulgence)

    This short story collection is a must if you love The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes! I was pleasantly surprised at how each of the stories already feature the couples that we know, from Maya and Amar's back story and Gauri and Vikram as well. I loved seeing more of the characters that we knew and loved from the first one and the short story format was perfect for sharing snippets of their lives - before and after we had met them in their books. As always, Roshani Chokshi's writing is r This short story collection is a must if you love The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes! I was pleasantly surprised at how each of the stories already feature the couples that we know, from Maya and Amar's back story and Gauri and Vikram as well. I loved seeing more of the characters that we knew and loved from the first one and the short story format was perfect for sharing snippets of their lives - before and after we had met them in their books. As always, Roshani Chokshi's writing is romantic, beautiful, lush and captivating. Everything was so intoxicating, from the magical world based on Indian mythology of the underworld, the night bazaar, all the beautiful creatures and the denizens of the underworld. I loved returning to the world and learning more about the fate of the characters. Definitely a must if you've read the first two books!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sumaya Musse

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  13. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    The Star-Touched Queen series just gets better and better with each book. With three stories related to The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes, these stories will leave you both satisfied and wanting more. Of course, there were stories I preferred over others, so let's get into the nitty gritty! Night and Death Rating: 4 stars I read this one last year when it was released as a short story and I'm happy to see that it's found a family. I mentioned in my review last year that I wished that Nig The Star-Touched Queen series just gets better and better with each book. With three stories related to The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes, these stories will leave you both satisfied and wanting more. Of course, there were stories I preferred over others, so let's get into the nitty gritty! Night and Death Rating: 4 stars I read this one last year when it was released as a short story and I'm happy to see that it's found a family. I mentioned in my review last year that I wished that Night and Death came out before The Star-Touched Queen because it provided a lot of background on Amar that we didn't get to see in The-Star Touched Queen. Poison and Gold Rating: 3 stars I'm sorry to say that Poison and Gold fell flat for me. I couldn't give it anything less than 3 stars, but I felt that it was missing the emotion and magic that I had grown to expect from this world. I loved Asha from A Crown of Wishes, but I wanted to feel the connection between her and her love interest. My favorite scenes from this story involved Gauri and Vikram, which doesn't say much for Asha's stage presence. Rose and Sword Rating: 5 stars This. This is the story that we're all here for! If you fell head-over-heels in love with Gauri and Vikram (like any rational human-being), this beautiful story was written for you. This story had me in tears for the majority of it, and I felt that it wrapped up the series almost perfectly. When you crack this one up, make sure you have the tissue box handy. Because you don't understand, you will cry. Short N Sweet: Star-Touched Stories includes faces and places that we've all come to love. This is a satisfactory conclusion to an epic adventure

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy Leigh

    Three magical stories that add so much depth to the world Chokshi has created. Beautiful writing that winds these stories in a fairy tale fashion that I adore! I highly recommend for fans of the series, I don't want to spoil anything for people who haven't read them yet but they are amazing. I highly recommend! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lili Marcus

    Oh my God, the writing... But first, the stories. I'm not so into companion novels (but I do love Levana's story in The Lunar Chronicles) and not also into short stories or anthologies so I wasn't sure what made me request this one from Netgalley. Maybe it was the cover because duh? look how gorgeous it is. But anyway, I'm glad I did request this ARC. First paragraph on first story, Death and Night, I was hooked. Death is the first narrator and I found his thoughts not only dark but sad. So sad, Oh my God, the writing... But first, the stories. I'm not so into companion novels (but I do love Levana's story in The Lunar Chronicles) and not also into short stories or anthologies so I wasn't sure what made me request this one from Netgalley. Maybe it was the cover because duh? look how gorgeous it is. But anyway, I'm glad I did request this ARC. First paragraph on first story, Death and Night, I was hooked. Death is the first narrator and I found his thoughts not only dark but sad. So sad, my heart answered to him right away. And then there's the love story between him and Night herself. It was perfect. I haven't felt true love in so long, I just loved it. Sure there was ssa bit insta-love an dthe plot was a little rushed but we mustn't forget this is a short story. The second story I couldn't connect that much, maybe because I heard too much from Aasha and I long to hear from the spymaster herself. I wanna read her thoughts too. In fact I want to read hers more than Aasha becaus eshe's much darker and Aasha was all-scared adn I don't know. But I love the LGBTQ+ rep though I wasn't expecting. It's very refreshing. The third story, I adore so much. It started with a kid resenting her sister but then her granny told her a story. The three stories somehow are connected with each other. And very much connected to the main series, I guess. I haven't read them but I want to now. The writing is juts perfect for me. I love it. So aesthetic. So Beautiful and magical. See, I really love this kind of writing but lately all I've been reading are books with aesthetic language but said aesthetic language are used only to describe things around. But it turned Roshani Chokshi's writing is art itself. I'm gonna read all her works just for her inspiration. And oh the world. I love the world. I can't wait to read the other books in the series.. Please note that I got an ARC of this beautiful book from the publisher thru Netgalley but my opinions are my own and unbiased. Happy reading,

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Gabriel (조수아)

    Happily ever after! <3 RTC

  17. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Chanel's Galaxy of Books

    Thank you, St. Martin’s Press, for my ARC of Star-Touched Stories. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review; this does not affect my opinion. Any quotes mentioned below are taken from the ARC and are subject to change upon publication. Star-Touched Stories is an anthology filled with three stories from the world established in The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi. The three stories are beautifully written and I was blown away by their excellence, their origi Thank you, St. Martin’s Press, for my ARC of Star-Touched Stories. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review; this does not affect my opinion. Any quotes mentioned below are taken from the ARC and are subject to change upon publication. Star-Touched Stories is an anthology filled with three stories from the world established in The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi. The three stories are beautifully written and I was blown away by their excellence, their originality, and the way they made me feel. This book was so much better, so much more than I ever could have imagined. I have decided to review the three novellas separately for you to truly see what makes them magical. Death and Night The first novella is about Death and Night and is a prequel to The Star-Touched Queen. This extraordinary story really had me yearning to read The Star-Touched Queen – the only book in the series I have not read – which is the first novel in Roshani Chokshi’s series of standalone novels, connected through the world they are set in and the side characters we get to know along the way. The best part of ‘Death and Night’ being a prequel to the first book in the series is that I could perfectly understand it without having read The Star-Touched Queen first. And the truth was that I wanted to spend my life with someone who made eternity too short. I wanted a love that time could never erode, a foundation that would grow spires and turrets large enough to swallow constellations. And yet I wanted love like a home, a corner of the universe built for two and snug as skin. I wouldn’t settle for less. Queen or no. The chemistry between Death and Night is amazing and out of this world. I love the way these two characters are so soft for each other yet each has their own strong individual personalities. I loved the banter between them and laughed several times. As always, Roshani Chokshi’s writing is lush and magical, she writes unlike anyone else. Poison and Gold The second story in the anthology takes place after A Crown of Wishes, the second novel in the series, and is about Aasha. Aasha is a side character from A Crown of Wishes and ‘Poison and Gold’ is about Aasha finding her place in her new life with Vikram and Gauri. She does that by meeting the current Spy Mistress and training under her. In the novella, Aasha trains under the Spy Mistress for three months and at the same time finds out who she is as an individual in the space in between being human and vishakanya. With this knowledge, she truly becomes herself and finds love on the way. This is an f/f story and it is beautiful: and yes, there is definitely kissing involved. Instead, she reached for … herself. The space between her two lives where she existed in moments of stolen peace. A place of curiosity. Questioning. Ever since I read A Crown of Wishes, I have wanted to see more of Aasha and this story really delivered. However, I want to say I’m greedy for more. There were a lot of great moments with Aasha, Vikram, and Gauri in this story and I love how the three of them all support each other. Their friendship is just amazing. Rose and Sword The third and last story in this book is about Vikram and Gauri, who I first met in A Crown of Wishes. As always, the writing is just phenomenal and what also made this story so special was how it was narrated. The way this story is narrated lets you know how it will end and despite that, it will still wreck you. ‘Rose and Sword’ made my heart grow and I want everyone to experience the beauty of this one. “This is an adventure, Gauri,” Vikram whispered against her hair. “All of it.” ‘Rose and Sword’ is my favorite out of the three stories and it is a tearjerker; you have been warned. When I read it, I cried a bunch – more than I first expected I would. This story is just so beautiful, heartbreaking, happy, and bittersweet in the best way. I could not imagine a better ending for Vikram and Gauri, an ending that is just so them. You will not be disappointed by this story or any of the others seen in this anthology. I want everyone to experience Roshani Chokshi’s words and stories.

  18. 4 out of 5

    no

    me: has absolutely NO time to read netgalley: so here's the arc you requested a month ago!!! happy reading :) :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)

    Reading these short stories reminded me why I love Roshani's writing so freaking much. All of the short stories were enchanting, mesmerizing, lush, and romantic. I could read a full novel about each of the short stories in this book! I loved going back into the world of The Star-Touched Queen series and learning more about the world, history, and favorite characters. I made me love the The Star-Touched Queen series even more, which I did think was possible. I am a HUGE romance fan, and Roshani kn Reading these short stories reminded me why I love Roshani's writing so freaking much. All of the short stories were enchanting, mesmerizing, lush, and romantic. I could read a full novel about each of the short stories in this book! I loved going back into the world of The Star-Touched Queen series and learning more about the world, history, and favorite characters. I made me love the The Star-Touched Queen series even more, which I did think was possible. I am a HUGE romance fan, and Roshani knows how to write romances that make me swoon like there is no tomorrow. I feel like romances are hard to pull off in short stories, but Roshani did it masterfully. I WANT MORE!!!! I also really enjoyed the plot of each short story. Each story had an interesting and well-developed plot that kept me hooked from the first page. If you are a fan of the series and are still craving more form the world, then I 100% recommend picking up this collection of short stories! This book will suck you back into the magical world and remind you just how wonderful the series is. 5 / 5 Fangs *This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It Facebook Twitter

  20. 5 out of 5

    maegan ✷

    You may also find this review on my blog here. I received an e-ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. "Did they live happily ever after?" This question made her grandmother pause. "They lived," she said carefully. "Mostly happily. Sometimes furiously. But always gratefully. It is, I think, the best way to spend existence." I'm convinced Roshani Chokshi has some kind of magic tucked within herself. How else do you explain the beauty of her works? The Star-Touched Queen was a dre You may also find this review on my blog here. I received an e-ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. "Did they live happily ever after?" This question made her grandmother pause. "They lived," she said carefully. "Mostly happily. Sometimes furiously. But always gratefully. It is, I think, the best way to spend existence." I'm convinced Roshani Chokshi has some kind of magic tucked within herself. How else do you explain the beauty of her works? The Star-Touched Queen was a dreamer's tale; A Crown of Wishes was a tale for dreamers. And Star-Touched Stories is a collection of novellas of both, perfectly capping and concluding the beautiful world of Maya and Amar, of Gauri and Vikram and Aasha. Death and Night "Will you come back tomorrow?" "And the next day. And the day after that." I bit back a smile. "For how long?" "As long as it takes." This novella was wonderful! I've always been too curious about what it was like before Maya and Amar were torn apart from each other's hands. In TSTQ, we were plunged into a story of a love forgotten and a love remembered. This novella provided a glimpse as to how exactly they first met and fell in love with one another, and it was nothing short of beautiful. I'm also glad we got to see through the POVs of both Maya and Amar. It turns out Death isn't as serious and broody as he seems! Poison and Gold "That's just the teeth of ambition chewing at the heart of you," she said. "Let it bite. It's good for you." As soon as we were introduced to Aasha in ACOW, I couldn't help but root for her. She has one of the purest, most curious souls, and I was eager to learn more about her life after the Tournament. I'm so glad that this story was Aasha's own self-discovery as to who she really was in the wake of her wish and decision following the end of ACOW. Her journey to become the next Spy Mistress had me rooting for her to secure the spot while also rooting for her to get the girl (yep, this is a sapphic love story, folks!). Rose and Sword "And she knew, even as she reached for the flame of his last breath, that loving him would be the bravest thing she had ever done." Reading this novella was probably the most painful for me, in part because I am most attached to Vikram and Gauri. Seeing that the story begun immediately when Gauri was already a grandmother and a storyteller herself, it surprised me that I truly could be parting ways with these characters once and for all. It was also painful because this was a story racing against time, both in the past and in the present. But as the story fell to a close and as much as I wouldn't mind reading on and on, I thought that the ending was strong and well-crafted, both for this novella and for the end of the Star-Touched Universe. Roshani Chokshi is a wondrous storyteller that can write stories that hold up on their own while still connecting it to those around. Before reading this, I was hesitant to dive into it because I know it'll be the last time I'd read about the characters I loved so much. Often I get attached to characters, but it's not often I cling to them, hoping that their stories never end. But the author perfectly caps the world so well, and she couldn't have ended their stories on a higher and better note. -- IT WAS PERFECT. Full RTC. (I know I still have to review A Crown of Wishes, but LET ME GRIEVE FIRST.)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Flavia

    I absolutely loved Roshani Chokshi’s full novels The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes, so when the first short story in this collection, “Death and Night” came out as a novella last May, I was all over it. I won’t go into that story in this review, because I wrote a full review for it last year (and you can read it on my blog). So, when I started reading Star-Touched Stories, I skipped straight to “Poison and Gold” … and I do have to say that it was my least favourite story in the collec I absolutely loved Roshani Chokshi’s full novels The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes, so when the first short story in this collection, “Death and Night” came out as a novella last May, I was all over it. I won’t go into that story in this review, because I wrote a full review for it last year (and you can read it on my blog). So, when I started reading Star-Touched Stories, I skipped straight to “Poison and Gold” … and I do have to say that it was my least favourite story in the collection. The story revolved around Aasha, a friend that Gauri and Vikram made while participating in the tournament of wishes in A Crown of Wishes, and while I did like her character in that book, I can’t way that I liked her enough to read a short story about her. I did enjoy learning more about the world as a whole, but I wasn’t really too invested in Asha and her interactions with the Spy Mistress, although the ending was a sweet one. My favourite thing in “Poison and Gold,” was that I got to spend a little more time with Gauri and Vikram. The third and last story in the collection, “Rose and Sword,“ had more of a focus on Gauri and Vikram though, and it was quite a beautiful story. It was also a very sad story though, and I spent most of it crying, while the ending made me bawl my eyes out. I’m actually tearing up while typing this now! Gauri and Vikram had been through a lot in order to “save the day” and be together, so I was very sad to see them have to suffer through another struggle. I would have rather read in detail about their wedding day and night. There were some happy moments though, and I character that I enjoyed in Chokshi’s full-length books made a reappearance, so that made me happy! Also, like I said, “Rose and Sword” was a beautiful story, and all three stories, in fact, were beautifully written in the unique and lush style of Chokshi. I also found that Chokshi’s writing (while great from the start for me), has matured and improved over the years! I highly recommend this short story collection to fans of her work!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kasey Giard

    You know that feeling when you finish an amazing book, and you just wish for one more scene to revisit that favorite character or that awesome story world? That’s pretty much what Star-Touched Stories is. Every time I ran into a character I remembered from The Star-Touched Queen or A Crown of Wishes, I got so excited. There’s a story about Aasha! And Kamala appears in another one! Yay! And more Gauri and Vikram! I couldn’t have been happier. The same rich-as-ripened-fruit, delicious writing fills You know that feeling when you finish an amazing book, and you just wish for one more scene to revisit that favorite character or that awesome story world? That’s pretty much what Star-Touched Stories is. Every time I ran into a character I remembered from The Star-Touched Queen or A Crown of Wishes, I got so excited. There’s a story about Aasha! And Kamala appears in another one! Yay! And more Gauri and Vikram! I couldn’t have been happier. The same rich-as-ripened-fruit, delicious writing fills every single page of all three stories. There’s plenty of peppery banter between characters and deep, heart-wrenching emotions. Grab a spoon and eat up every page. (I know... that’s a metaphor which would make Zahril scoff.) While the stories would stand on their own as interesting tales, it’s hard for me to imagine reading them without first reading The Star-Touched Queen or A Crown of Wishes. I think you could. But I’m pretty sure it’ll make you want more of the story world.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ana Tascón

    I can't believe I DNF (part of) this book. I hate myself for it. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME, PEOPLE?!! I liked The Star-Touched Queen, I loved A Crown of Wishes, I have a crush on Roshani Chokshi. What were the odds? I loved the first story, Death and Night. It was everything I wanted, everything I dreamed for the characters, so no problem here (5 stars). But when I started reading Asha's story... it became so boring! And I don't get it, I waited so long for her story and I couldn't keep reading. (1 1 I can't believe I DNF (part of) this book. I hate myself for it. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME, PEOPLE?!! I liked The Star-Touched Queen, I loved A Crown of Wishes, I have a crush on Roshani Chokshi. What were the odds? I loved the first story, Death and Night. It was everything I wanted, everything I dreamed for the characters, so no problem here (5 stars). But when I started reading Asha's story... it became so boring! And I don't get it, I waited so long for her story and I couldn't keep reading. (1 1/2 stars) I cheated and I read the epilogue and let me tell you... I will cry til next month! I was not prepare for that beautiful ending to Gauri and Vikram story (life), I'm crying while I write this. It's just perfect and romantic and beautiful and I'm still crying. BY WORLD! (5+ stars) If you loved A Crown of Wishes as much as I did, you will love to read this. Just for this I'm rating this book 3 stars and not lower. I know I didn't read the other story but maybe I will give it a chance later. This was my very first eARC and I DNF part of it. I seriously want to cry... again. Thank you so much to St. Martin's Press who provided this eARC via NetGalley.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Strolle

    well that last story killed me

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tova

    3.5 I would still die for my husband Vikramaditya, just saying. RTC

  26. 4 out of 5

    Trisha (The Tea Reader)

    Review coming soon.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

    I'd like to thank NetGalley for the copy of Star-Touched Stories in exchange for an honest review - it really was a pleasure! As is becoming popular at the moment, particularly in the YA/NA category (and in fantasy in particular I've noticed), this is a compilation of three different stories - snapshots, if you will. You do have to take a moment to disengage yourself from each story before moving on to the next, and so it is really almost worth stopping in between each one - if you can. In fact, I'd like to thank NetGalley for the copy of Star-Touched Stories in exchange for an honest review - it really was a pleasure! As is becoming popular at the moment, particularly in the YA/NA category (and in fantasy in particular I've noticed), this is a compilation of three different stories - snapshots, if you will. You do have to take a moment to disengage yourself from each story before moving on to the next, and so it is really almost worth stopping in between each one - if you can. In fact, with this collection I really WOULD recommend it, as they are all so different in tone and if you do what I did, which is read through them all in one sitting, you lose a bit of the magic in the writing. The language used is really quite beautiful - particularly in the first which I was drawn to the most as I (and I KNOW how odd this is going to sound) LOVE Death - as a character, as a theme; I'll take it. It was a poignant and respectful take on the idea of Death, humanising whilst also retaining the aura of power and the role Death has in our lives. Poison and Gold, the second, was sumptuous but to me occasionally felt a little overdone and leaned a bit towards overdramatic, but that could just be my take on it as I read all of the stories one after another, and the first was SO good. The last, Rose and Sword, was lighter in tone at times and made me laugh right off the bat. The characters in this one were particularly great to me and I think it was the best way to round off the collection. This is a great collection for fans of Chokshi's works, and I can tell it will be well received. It absolutely adds depths to the other titles in the series!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tara (Spinatale Reviews)

    Star-Touched Stories is a beautifully written addition to the Star-Touched Queen series. Prepare to laugh and cry (I definitely needed tissues). This book sees the return of some old favorites and the introduction of some new characters. Roshani Chokshi is truly a magician with words and her full skill is evident in these pages. Prepare to be transported back into this wonderfully magical world. While you technically don’t need to read the first two books in the series to understand this one, th Star-Touched Stories is a beautifully written addition to the Star-Touched Queen series. Prepare to laugh and cry (I definitely needed tissues). This book sees the return of some old favorites and the introduction of some new characters. Roshani Chokshi is truly a magician with words and her full skill is evident in these pages. Prepare to be transported back into this wonderfully magical world. While you technically don’t need to read the first two books in the series to understand this one, there are spoilers for the first two in the second two stories. Since this is a short story collection, I wanted to include a few thoughts on each story. Death and Night: This one was just so much fun to read. It tracks the courtship of the Lord of Death and Night as they navigate misunderstandings, getting to know each other, and curses. I loved how the front they each presented to the world was slowly unraveled and how they only fell in love once they truly knew each other. Chokshi captures the essence of a new relationship and, although this one has magic galore, it feels entirely relatable. Poison and Gold: This is one that I would love to see expanded into a full-length novel. Focusing on Aasha, one of the more minor characters from A Crown of Wishes, Poison and Gold delves into the world of spies and secrets. Although the focus was more on figuring out who you are, the romance was absolutely adorable and surprisingly heart-warming for something that involved so much poison and death. Rose and Sword: Rose and Sword was the one story that made me cry. This one was so beautifully tragic, sweet, and romantic. It details what happened to Gauri and Vikram after A Crown of Wishes and perfectly captures what it means to truly choose to love someone day after day. This one was probably my favorite in this book (but all three were fantastic). Just make sure you have a tissue or two handy. For me, the mark of a good book is how strongly I want to reread it one day. With Star-Touched Stories, I was tempted to begin reading again as soon as I turned the last page. Lyrical, magical, and utterly captivating, Star-Touched Stories is a stellar installment in one of my favorite series. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maria (Netherreads)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Got to wait to make the review for this one, next Tuesday WEEEE Hiya guys- welcome to the Nether! Today I am going to be talking about Star Touched Stories by Roshani Chokshi. I just got to say I love Ms. Chokshis writing. She has this magical way to transform a kingdom to live. These stories are all short and sweet. Night and Death a small love story about basically the Grim Reaper himself falling in love with Night, who is like the guardian of stars. Poison and Gold which is about Aasha (see se Got to wait to make the review for this one, next Tuesday WEEEE Hiya guys- welcome to the Nether! Today I am going to be talking about Star Touched Stories by Roshani Chokshi. I just got to say I love Ms. Chokshis writing. She has this magical way to transform a kingdom to live. These stories are all short and sweet. Night and Death a small love story about basically the Grim Reaper himself falling in love with Night, who is like the guardian of stars. Poison and Gold which is about Aasha (see second book for details) becoming a high ranking person in Gauri’s court, and a love story between two girls. Last one is Rose and Sword which is probably my most favorite of the three basically telling out the tale of Guari recusing Vikram from death (see second novel Tournament of Wishes to understand these two characters as well). This compilation of stories is kind of a strange one because I feel like you have to read tournament of the wishes first before you even consider this book. I wish that she would accomplish her first book also early to this compilation which is the star touched queen, and she did not. I am going to do this review a little bit different from the other reviews I haven’t done it because it’s not just of one novel talking about certain aspects of it. First I want to thank Wednesday books/Martin Press for giving me an advanced e-book copy. They are the only people that really do just randomly give me digital copies of things, and I appreciate that from them. That does not obscure my view of the story in any way shape or form. I guess I will start with the first short story which is the story between the Grim Reaper and night. This could’ve been a novel within itself and I thought it was a bit rushed. There was a certain festival where the guardians or magical beings decided on their mates by the palms of their hands, which was called Teig? I wish that she further explained this Festival a bit farther. if she just made it up or if it’s actually a part of Indian costum I do not know. But the story was basically these to getting together and their struggles with excepting each other. As always Chokshi will make any girls heart melt with her words because she can make love ballads like no other. A lot of the stuff I wish was explained a bit further though, there’s really nothing I can do about it though these are Novelas and I really can’t expect a lot from them in terms of description. I rather enjoyed he tried so hard to get her even though he expected no love from her. She wanted to marry for love and that was the whole entire novella in a nutshell. To explain his actions he had like this curse set upon him which really wasn’t a person at all. I thought this happened in the star touched queen also, something very similar. Still rather enjoy the love story behind it. Poison and gold is the story of Aasha trying to fight her way to the position of spy mistress. There is another girl there who also is already in the position who supposed to be teaching her how to become this position. At first I thought that she was older, her name is coming out of my mind right now. Turns out that the spy mistress stress is only 19, shocker right. The story has a love-hate relationship going on throughout it. At first I thought that that was not going to happen and of course it does ironically enough. Not that I don’t want a love interest for Aasha, But also I wanted something more tangible in a story of courage and adventure from this particular story, which is kind of describe throughout the trails at the end but it’s not really that validated. Like I said before I can’t really expect much from a story that’s not full blown novel to give me massive description, but then I was like oh it’s a love story.....poo. Which I wasn’t really expecting that so I guess that’s why I was a little disappointed that had to be a love story. The last one was probably my favorite it was because it was a continuation of the second novel, Gauri, Who is our main protagonist of the second novel, is a lot older and she’s telling her granddaughter the story that happened to her along time ago before she even got married. Of course we have Guari and Vikram once again, and of course they are fighting because they have two separate personalities. The whole story begins with Vikram getting sick and gallery Guari going to the gate of death to save him. Basically the story is not taking your significant other for granted because that’s what she did. She was constantly whining that he was either too clingy or he wanted to display his love in a public fashion, which that’s what his personality is. This all change user however when he become sick and almost nearly dies. She realizes what is in front of her and she realizes that she had a good thing going for her. She explains the story of her going to the different gates and seeing her future and her past flash before her eyes. She ultimately saves him and has a wonderful long life with him. The story basically ends with her passing on to death with him. I thought the story was incredibly touching and probably the best out of the three. I love the great blank she goes to save her fiancé or husband.Going to the separate gates in seeing his name and her future brings the story to life. The moral of the story is basically don’t take your love ones for granted, which I totally understand. This book or compilation I should say is basically a Segway so you have something to grasp upon by the author until gilded wolves comes out. Gilded wolves is a totally different story with none of the magical aspects of this story in it but people that have read it said that it’s really good book I’m supposed to be getting it within the next week. I hope that you enjoyed my review of these three short stories and thank you once again to Martin press. I will see you the next time I read a novel. BYE~

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)

    *I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway which does not influence my review* Roshani Chokshi’s delicious prose and spellbinding storytelling once again shines in her collection Star-Touched Stories. All three short stories in this collection take place in the same world as The Star-Touched Queen duology. While many novellas or short story collections feel unnecessary, reading Chokshi’s selected tales felt like a real treat. We get the backstory to a The Star-Touched Queen in D *I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway which does not influence my review* Roshani Chokshi’s delicious prose and spellbinding storytelling once again shines in her collection Star-Touched Stories. All three short stories in this collection take place in the same world as The Star-Touched Queen duology. While many novellas or short story collections feel unnecessary, reading Chokshi’s selected tales felt like a real treat. We get the backstory to a The Star-Touched Queen in Death and Night, a look at what happens to the vishakanya Aasha from A Crown of Wishes in Poison and Gold, and a short story featuring Gauri and Vikram in Rose and Sword. These stories reminded me just how much I enjoy Chokshi’s writing and renewed my love for her duology. The first short story in this collection, Death and Night, is lush and romantic. If you ever wanted to know more about Maya’s previous life as the goddess of Night and how she first met the Lord of Death, this is the story for you. The Lord of Death seeks a bride, but a curse spells doom if he falls in love. Night is an enigma to most who meet her. Her existence a lonely one. Though she ushers in night, she does not have the power to create and shape fate with her own hands. Their meeting does not go smoothly as Night has always dreamed of a union based on love and the Dharma Raja is determined to marry without it. The Lord of Death is both amusingly and endearingly clumsy when it comes to trying to court Night. I loved Night’s sharp tongue and that she isn’t easily moved by the Dharma Raja. This was my favorite novella of the three because of how vivid the world felt and how easily I was able to fall back into The Star-Touched Queen universe. Aasha was such a curious character in A Crown of Wishes. When I was still hoping for another book in this series, I was hoping to get Aasha’s story. I was delighted to discover that Poison and Gold is about Aasha and her journey discovering her place in a new world. As a vishankanya, Aasha is able to kill with a single touch, but she has taken on another role at Gauri and Vikram’s side. But as loyal as her friends may be to her and she to them, there is unrest in both kingdoms as they are set to unite with their two leaders’ marriage. Aasha must earn her place by their side and is sent to the current Spy Mistress for training. Aasha has been struggling to find where she fits in this world of mortals. Their manners can sometimes be unpredictable and Aasha continues to marvel at how easily they lie. Zahril, the current Spy Mistress, isn’t exactly what Aasha expects. She isn’t friendly, but curt and sometimes merciless. Though most would be unsettled by Zahril, Aasha finds her lack of pretense refreshing. Aasha finally finds a place where she can not only be herself, but where her key to success relies on it. When Aasha begins to develop feelings for Zahril, her secret identity as a vishankanya threatens to unravel their new bond. I loved that both of these characters, who have very different reasons for being closed off, get a chance to be vulnerable with the other. While the first story is about love, this one is about the potential for love and how Aasha and Zahril take those first steps to being open to the possibility of love. The final story in this collection is Rose and Sword. We get a glance at both the past and future of Gauri and Vikram’s relationship. This one was a personal delight as these two characters were my favorite in the The Star-Touched Queen duology. This story is a little darker than the previous two as a character must venture into the underworld and save a loved one from death. This felt like a bittersweet tale for those who always imagined a happily-ever-after for the two leads of A Crown of Wishes. There’s an underlining bitter honesty to this tale where Gauri must confront the fact that her relationship with Vikram will not always be perfect. They are far too different to always get along and too used to getting their own way. She eventually has to choose whether the time she and Vikram have together is worth all the pain that will come when she loses him. I became unexpectedly emotional while reading this one. It’s amazing what Chokshi can still make me feel for characters I met over a year ago. Star-Touched Stories is just as enchanting as The Star-Touched Queen duology. Chokshi made me fall in love with her writing each time I picked up this collection. If you are a fan of the original duology, this is an excellent short-story collection that will leave you both satisfied and wanting even more tales from this captivating world.

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